Thelma Adams identifies three sure-fire Oscar contenders that emerged from the Toronto Film Festival: "The three major fall film festivals -- Telluride, Venice, and Toronto -- tumble the early Oscar contenders, separating the gold from the pyrite. Three films that premiered over the last month have emerged as undisputed best-picture contenders: 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' and 'The Master.'" YAHOO! MOVIES
Identifying the seven kinds of people you meet at Emmy parties: "What makes Sunday's Emmy telecast exciting, as with any awards show, is the race. Sizing up nominees, weighing odds and, well, the blood sport is tradition. So is vetting the best celebrations before, during and after the gold trophies go out. In the last few seasons, the Emmys have developed a party circuit so consistent -- half micro-economy surrounding the show, half social hierarchy in action -- that they've inspired some hilarious archetypes. Won't you meet them? In our rundown of the most anticipated Emmy parties, we've named the most common personalities found at each. But, really, it's just an honor to be invited." LOS ANGELES TIMES
Presenters revealed for the upcoming Latin Grammy nominations: "The list of guest presenters at Tuesday's Latin Grammy Awards nominations has been announced, including Juanes, Maria Barracuda, Shaila Dúrcal and Kany García. If Pop & Hiss were a betting blog, I'd gamble my mortgage that some of those presenters also will be among the winners when the Latin Grammys are handed out in Las Vegas in November. In 2011, the presenters provided a pretty good tip-off as to who was going to carry home a statuette. Residente and Visitante of Calle 13 headlined last year's group, earning a record 12 nominations themselves, and a few weeks later the Puerto Rican duo ended up carting off practically everything that wasn't nailed to the floor, including 'Album of the Year' -- and deservedly so." LOS ANGELES TIMES
47 films vie for European Film Award nominations: "Unless I'm very much mistaken, this might qualify as the first official longlist of the awards season. (Don't get too excited -- you might not have any energy left by January.) The nominations for the European Film Awards -- effectively the Oscars of European cinema -- won't be announced until November 3, but we now know exactly what pool of eligible films they'll be drawn from ... The final longlist totals 47 films from 31 different countries. Using this list, the EFA's 2700 members will now vote for the nominees in nine categories. Two other categories, for Best Documentary and Best Animated Film, are determined by smaller panels." IN CONTENTION
Christine Baranski honored to be nominated for an Emmy against Maggie Smith: "What completely blew my mind this year was that I, an actress out of Buffalo, would be in the same category as Maggie Smith, who to me is just incomparable. I remember seeing Maggie Smith in a movie theater playing Desdemona, and she’s been my idol all these years. To be in a category with her is astounding." NEW YORK TIMES
Final Oscars smackdown: Tariq blasts Tom for that stupid Leo prediction
Those sparring Oscar experts Tariq Khan and Tom O'Neil clash one last time as Tariq blasts Tom for having made a few numbskull picks and Tom counter-attacks with nuclear warheads. Alternately funny, outrageous and fearlessly ferocious, these guys just can't calm down even though the Oscars are over. Listen to their podcast below. Subscribe and see more at iTunes and Libsyn.
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EXPERTS PREDICTIONS (By category)
Picture: 22 predict '12 Years,' 8 'Gravity'
Director: 30 predict Alfonso Cuaron
Actor: 29 predict Matthew McConaughey
Actress: 30 predict Cate Blanchett
Supporting Actor: 30 predict Jared Leto
Supp. Actress: 26 predict Nyong'o, 4 Lawrence
Original Screenplay: 15 predict 'Hustle,' 15 'Her'
Adapted Screenplay: 29 predict '12 Years'
Animated Feature: 30 predict 'Frozen'
Foreign Film: 26 predict 'Great Beauty'
Documentary: 19 predict '20 Feet,'
Production Design: 22 predict 'Gatsby,' 5 'Gravity'
Cinematography: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Costume Design: 24 predict 'Gatsby,' 4 'Hustle'
Editing: 20 predict 'Gravity,' 8 'Captain Phillips'
Makeup & Hair: 28 predict 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Sound Editing & Mixing: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Score: 28 predict 'Gravity'
Song: 28 predict 'Frozen,' two favor U2
Visual Effects: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Animated Short: 27 predict 'Get a Horse'
Doc Short: 29 predict 'Lady in Number 6'
Live Action Short: 16 'Voorman,' 9 'Helium'
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.
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